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Postcard Written by Teenage Walt Disney
from World War I-Era France!

One of the Earliest examples of Walt Disney's Handwriting


Part of the Earliest Collection
of Walt Disney Artifacts EVER Offered For Sale!
 

 


 

This very postcard is pictured on pages 51 and 52 of the book
"
In the Service of the Red Cross: Walt Disney's Early Adventures: 1918 - 1919"

 

A rare, historically significant postcard sent by 17 year old Walt Disney to girlfriend Beatrice Conover while Walt served in France for the Red Cross at the close of WWI.

The postcard, dated January 18, 1919, is written in Walt Disney’s hand, with his writing on both the front and back of the card. Walt writes: "Dear Bee, Just a few lines till I get time to write you a long and interesting letter. I am driving out of Paris from hospital No. 5 and I like it fine "good eats and plenty of fun." I saw Wilson in Paris on 11 Dec. I expect to get a chance to see Italy and the balkans as a party of hospital men are leaving soon. I hope you are in good health and happy. Yours truly, Walt." On the photo side of the postcard Walt Disney writes: "Paris is sure some burg. But give me old Chicago. We are stationed in this park (some park)."

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Walt Disney’s relationship with Beatrice Conover is chronicled in Neal Gabler's book, "WALT DISNEY - THE TRIUMPH OF THE AMERICAN IMAGINATION." Gabler refers to her as Walt’s girlfriend and eventual heartbreaker. He reports that Walt kept her letters and bought her blouses and perfume in Paris, only to be devastated upon his return by news that she had married (when in fact she hadn’t).


Neal Gabler's Disney biography documents Walt’s assignment to Hospital No. 5 in Paris and Walt Disney seeing Woodrow Wilson in France, as mentioned in the postcard. The rarity of this item cannot be overstated. To our knowlege, no correspondence written by a teenage Walt Disney has ever been sold.

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Provenance
The authenticity of the postcard is extensively documented.
This very postcard is pictured on pages 51 and 52 of the book
"
In the Service of the Red Cross: Walt Disney's Early Adventures: 1918 - 1919" by David Lesjak.

In addition to the postcard, this lot includes:

-A letter of provenance from David R. Smith, the late Walt Disney Studio Archives Director Emeritus.

-A letter of provenance and historical background from David Lesjak, Disney historian/author/Consultant-Special Projects, Walt Disney Family Museum.

-The Disney history book "In the Service of the Red Cross: Walt Disney's Early Adventures: 1918 - 1919" by David Lesjak.  This very postcard appears on pages 51 and 52.

-A letter of authenticity from noted Disney Autograph expert Phil Sears, Phil Sears Collectibles, noting his brief ownership of this item.

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Above:  Disney Archivist Dave Smith Letter of Authenticity

Above:  Walt Disney Museum Special Projects Consultant
Letter of Authenticity

 

Above:  Disney Autograph Specialist Phil Sears background letter

 

Above:  Disney Autograph Specialist Phil Sears Lifetime Guarantee of Authenticity

 

I have never before held in my hands a Walt Disney postcard dated this early. Except items from this collection I’ve only seen Walt Disney artifacts of this early date locked away in the Disney Studio Archives and in the Disney family’s collection at the Walt Disney Family Museum.  This is a rare opportunity to own a truly museum-worthy piece of Walt Disney's personal history.  Postcard is in very fine condition.  Item # 6815b
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